In certain circumstances, business owners are required to file what is commonly called a DBA, which stands for “Doing Business As”. This filing is also known as a “Fictitious Business Name (FBN)” filing.
This is most frequently the case for a sole proprietor or general partnership that conducts business under a name that is different from their own. However, an LLC or corporation that operates under a different name is also required to file a DBA.
It may sound a bit confusing, but it really isn’t. For example, if John Smith is a sole proprietor who owns a plumbing business called John Smith Plumbing, he does not need a DBA because his business carries the same name as its owner. But if he calls his company Perfect Plumbing, he does need a DBA because the company name does not indicate who owns the business.
The same would apply to a company that operates under a different name.
If John’s corporation or LLC is called Perfect Plumbing, Inc. or Perfect Plumbing, LLC, but the corporation or LLC also operates under the business name Plumbers R Us, then the corporation or LLC would need to file a DBA doing business as “Plumbers R Us” as well.
If your business situation falls into the above categories, you must file a DBA in order to remain in compliance with your state’s laws. You’ll need to show proof of the filing to open a business bank account, as well as collect payments in the business name.
It’s important to file your DBA before you start doing business under a fictitious name. Filings are generally done at the state or county level. Click here for a link to each state’s Secretary of State website to check the requirements in your area.
If you are uncertain about whether you need to file a DBA, CorpNet.com can help you. Our free DBA Guide explains the ins and outs of who needs a DBA and the benefits of filing.
Once you know what you need, CorpNet.com can handle the filing for you. Requirements for filing a DBA vary by state, so let us take the worry out of making sure that you’re following all the rules. Our staff is fully knowledgeable in all of the requirements and ready to answer your questions and help to get your filing processed quickly and efficiently. CorpNet.com’s affordable services are fully guaranteed.
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